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2761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 14, 2010, 06:57:53 PM
I just got around to watching this week's episode on Hulu....I can see why there hasn't been much talk about it.  Bland, not funny, not exciting, and generally bad.  It was almost all setup, Ellie and the Ring, Chuck's dreams, etc.  I can live with that kind of episode if it is funny but this wasn't at all.
2762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: May 11, 2010, 09:14:29 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 11, 2010, 08:45:56 PM

My couple favorite IM2 things:
Spoiler for Hiden:
His father's "city design" serving as a clue was, I thought, a great thing. Some of that reminded me a bit of Indiana Jones searching for clues in that miniature city in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark.'

And I know it's nothing deep, but I lost my father when I was 8. And I don't have any film of him, only a reel-to-reel audio tape of him giving a business presentation, which I don't have anything to play it on. So the sequence of watching his father on film and then hearing him briefly speak to him -- for me that was great, touching stuff.  tear For others, it probably just flew by as piffle.  icon_smile

Spoiler for Hiden:
I hated the design thing.  It was so implausible.  Why hide it in the design of the city?  Who did he want to keep it from?  Maybe that will be explained in the Captain America movie that Howard Stark is supposed to play some role in but as seen it makes no sense.  

The film thing again was so implausible.  The only time in life he told his son he loved him was at the very end of a reel?  And not even a reel meant for Tony but some promo piece for the Stark Expo?  It just was not believable.
2763  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: May 06, 2010, 02:19:51 PM
DIY Stylus looks pretty easy to make.  I might try this.
2764  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 04, 2010, 04:04:53 PM
Yeah, I am not complaining.  It is only $2 and it feels that way so far.  I too hope they improve the end game.  Once you got that spell that turned the four corners into wild cards I could basically win without the enemy ever having a turn.  It was pretty unbalanced.

2765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: May 04, 2010, 03:25:32 PM
Not a great episode, not terrible either.  Pretty bland actually.  The episodes this season have really varied wildly in quality.
2766  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 04, 2010, 02:51:02 PM
I got it because I loved Sword & Poker one.  So far it is like playing S&P1 again.  No real updates that I have seen.  Sure new monsters and new dungeons but nothing in the gameplay has changed. 
2767  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The New Doctor Who and his companion start this weekend. on: May 03, 2010, 03:02:21 AM
The Dalek episode was such a clear reboot.  It was all just a way to get a new shinny Dalek model out and have them escape.  I suppose it had to happen if they want to have them around more but it was just clearly just a filler to explain why they are around when Morraft wants to use them in the future.
2768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: May 01, 2010, 02:54:22 AM
I supose I should get cracking on finishing the first one.  icon_smile
2769  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: April 28, 2010, 07:25:29 PM
I felt that way about the whole Kristine Kurek (sp) plot.  She came, dated, left.  No reason, no explanation, no point.
2770  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Trek DS9 on: April 28, 2010, 02:32:34 PM
I have watched it all and while you might get some glimpses of character and some decent stories in the first 2 seasons I would still say skip them until after you are done with the rest.   Watching season 1 and 2 after the rest is ok because you love the characters so you can see them in terrible stories acting poorly. 

2771  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 28, 2010, 02:21:36 PM
Get Big Bad Sudoku Book if you want a sudoku game.  It is .99 cents right now and it is great.  All sudoku games are similar because the game is the same so developers need to offer extra touches which add to the enjoyment.  BBSB has those in spades.  It is beatiful, the animation is great and it has other little touches which make the game just fun to play.  My favorite is that when you change a number it leaves a little eraser mark like a pencil would.  It is little things like that that make it worth paying for.


Check it out.
2772  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 28, 2010, 02:52:01 AM
For the first time I wanted multiple tasking.  I installed the pandora app and was enjoying some music, but I wanted to broswe the web, and maybe play a game of sudoku.  It was actually kind of annoying to have to kill pandora to do that.
2773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: April 27, 2010, 09:07:22 PM
I wonder if there will be an iPad version.  They put #1 out on the iPhone so it is logical they would make the 2nd game a universal app to play on both iPhone and iPad.

2774  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Chuck Season 3 discussion (spoilers!!!) on: April 27, 2010, 02:16:55 AM
Praise Buddha!  Finally a funny episode.  It is so, so nice to actually see the doing humor again.

2775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 27, 2010, 12:37:15 AM

Quote from: iloveplywood on April 26, 2010, 10:03:58 PM

Am I right to assume that a lot of video content is not going to work on the iPad?  That seems like a lot to give up frankly.  (I'll still probably talk myself into getting it). 

I guess everyone has different things they consider big.   Personally that would be one post out of 50 I would read so it doesn't seem like giving up much of anything but if it is something you really want to see then it would be annoying. 

2776  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 26, 2010, 09:10:41 PM
I haven't noticed at all.  I probably don't surf enough or to the right places.  Many places I frequent have apps - Amazon, Craigslist, Netflix, Weather Channel.

What sites have you felt frustrated with?  I can try them tonight.
2777  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Paul W.S. Anderson Planning Buck Rogers Movie Game on: April 23, 2010, 05:05:37 PM
Paul W.S. Anderson is genetically incapable of making a good movie. No matter what material, no matter which actors, no matter what the budget.  This movie will suck. 
2778  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 21, 2010, 05:59:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 20, 2010, 03:47:42 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 20, 2010, 03:27:35 PM

I am very tempted but I want to hear how it runs on a 2g iPhone.  I am a JRPG fan but I know my phone is a bit older now.

I'm in the same boat, but am encouraged by a number of comments on that Toucharcade review from 2G users that say it runs great.

I couldn't resist.  I do love those JRPGs.  Plus I have an iPad so I figured if it was unplayable on the iPhone I could always play it on that. 

I am happy to say that it plays fine.  It does have some slowdown when running and some animations but it is livable.  It loads fast, and saves fast.  I haven't played enough to see how it eats through my battery but I expect it will chew though it very fast. 

The iPad version plays faster and it does look fine at 2x, BTW.

 
2779  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think I need a new dojo (semi-graphic picture warning) on: April 20, 2010, 08:47:49 PM

Quote from: Boudreaux on April 20, 2010, 06:00:28 PM

Seriously, this sort of thing should never happen in the dojo.  It's juvenile and dangerous and a breach of trust for the other students training there.

+1.  Students need to be able to trust their instructors so they can develop.  This situation prevents that.  Unfortunately it sounds like this guy was here a long time before you and will be there after you leave. 
2780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Persona 3 PSP on: April 20, 2010, 07:38:05 PM
P3P is a different story though right?  It has a female lead and I think some other changes so I am unsure how much else is different.

2781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: new Bond Film suspended indefinitely on: April 20, 2010, 04:46:31 PM
Unfortunately by the time this gets made Craig probably won't be available or be too old or some crap. 
2782  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 20, 2010, 03:27:35 PM
I am very tempted but I want to hear how it runs on a 2g iPhone.  I am a JRPG fan but I know my phone is a bit older now.

2783  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Going to take the plunge from Windows 7 to Ubuntu on: April 17, 2010, 02:44:37 AM
Advice?  Head to the Ubuntu forums and setup an ID.  They are a great group of people and you will have questions from time to time so you may as well get used to them. 
2784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kick Ass on: April 16, 2010, 05:24:42 PM
I must have read a different review because it didn't seem all that scathing.  Here is the one I read. No big spoilers.  I guess a few names dropped but no real explanation of the plot. 

2785  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 15, 2010, 06:27:11 PM
I got Air Video working last night from the inside of my network at home - very nice.  Now I can watch all my stuff on the TV with Tversity or on the iPad with Air Video.  I still can't access it from outside (tried from work on the public wi-fi with my iPhone) but that could be a port forwarding issue at home.  Even if I can't get it to work it is well worth $3 for in home streaming.

2786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ninja Assassin on: April 15, 2010, 01:34:29 PM
CeeKay - when the heck did you wake up? 

You posted in Nov. you would see it "tomorrow, depending on when I wake up" and followed up with a post in April!  Were you in a coma? smile
2787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad Applications on: April 14, 2010, 08:33:33 PM
Dungeon Solitaire is one of the worst prettiest games I have played.  I have played 30 games or more and have lost 30 games.  It is stupid hard.  I get far, far more enemy cards than heroes and the heroes are far less powerful than the monster.  It is just a poorly balanced game for me.  But it sure is pretty.
2788  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 14, 2010, 02:55:45 PM
Any case reviews?  Right now mine is without and I would like to get something.  It seems like the market will be flooded with them soon but finding actual reviews or user impressions is always hard.

I think the Apple case is one of the cheapest (odd for Apple!) and perhaps one of the best but as someone pointed out they are always sold out.  Any other good ones?
2789  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 14, 2010, 02:51:07 PM
I got Sam & Max, Let's Golf, and Warpgate HD.  I also installed Broken Sword for the iPhone.  So far they are all great games, fun and easy to get into.  Let's Golf if probably the most dull since it is ok but really lacks much personality.  They should have gone for the over the top feel of Hot Shots Golf. 

I am thinking about getting Fllight Control HD.  Has anyone tried it?

2790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 13, 2010, 02:18:29 PM

Quote from: Arclight on April 13, 2010, 12:39:36 PM

Are most of the apps free with I-pad?
So with my laptop I can go to a local coffee shop and I'm up and running on the webs. Can you do this with the I-pad?
Would it find my home network like my laptop does?
Not a techie at all, so I've never really looked into this thing. But if it is a little more travel-friendly than my lap top it might be worthwhile.
How long can I be out and about with a charged up battery?



Yes you can go to your local shop and be on the web.  It can connect anywhere there is wi-fi. 

Battery is about 10 hours depending on what you want to do. 

What do you do with your laptop?  That might help decide if it would be good for you.

2791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 09, 2010, 04:20:57 PM
I am getting mine tonight from FedEx so what games should I get?

I am already planning on Sam & Max because I love them but is there anything else worth the money?  How as Warpgate been?  It looks incredible but that doesn't always mean good gameplay or story.

2792  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: April 08, 2010, 04:53:35 PM
I had to turn down the difficulty to easy on the boss fight to save Saki which annoys me.  I am not a great fighting game player but really the engine isn't that great.  I knew that in the second phase the enemy was in heat mode all the time, so I knew after I punched twice he would counter and beat me so I tried to block right away after two hits.  It never ever worked.  The engine just doesn't work slick enough to do it.  It is fine to make a fighting game mechanic but it should be good! 

Anyway I was able to beat him on easy so I can keep going but I wish the combat engine was a bit better. 

2793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Live Action TV Series begins casting/ Sitcom coming too? on: April 07, 2010, 03:16:38 PM
Clone Wars is ok until you think about it. 

1. You realize that no important is going to die and nothing is going to be discovered.  Anakin, Obi-Wan, Mace, Yoda, Palpatine, etc. all will be living and in basically the same place when the show ends.  They have to be for the movie.  So there is no tension when Obi-wan almost falls off the ledge because you know he will be fine.  You never wonder if they will discover Palpatine is evil because you know they don't.

2. You know Anakin is actually going to kill or help kill the people he is working with.  He is bonding with NIps...does he slit her throat or does he just help?  It is impossible to really "cheer" for him when you know he will become a baby killer. (Perhaps that scene in Ep 3 affected me more than some people.  Killing kids just pushed him into the type of character I didn't want to be saved by Luke)  He is one of the most cruel and immoral people in the SW universe.  I just can't like him knowing that. 

3.  (Goes with #1) You know that none of it matters.  We know Palpatine will be tossed down a shaft on the 2nd death star, we know Anakin will kill Obi-wan, we know basically everything so we know that nothing we watch matters. 

4. It gets really annoying how stupid the Jedi are.  Week after week they do stupid things, are arrogant, are shortsighted, etc.  Heck you start to feel they deserve to be wiped out. 


However it sure looks pretty.

2794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 07, 2010, 03:02:33 PM

Quote from: jersoc on April 06, 2010, 10:49:23 PM

dear god, what? the story in FF13 is great. Maybe not presentation wise, but it's pretty much a complete 180 of every rpg story. It's a group that are a bunch traitors that set out to basically destroy the world.

Bioware's stories so cliche you can figure out the ending within 3 hours. No thanks. Bioware is the diet coke of rpg making. taste great, no filling.

I haven't seen the end of the story so maybe it gets a lot better but so far I find it just silly.  Flacids create Lice to hurt Cacoons over Pulse so they can kill an Orphan and bring back the Maker....perhaps the story would appeal to me more if they didn't have chuck stupid names for characters, monsters, planets, etc.  To me it is just like everything else - only there so you have an excuse to fight. 
2795  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps3] ryu ga gotoku (yakuza) 3 impressions on: April 06, 2010, 08:30:05 PM
I have taken a break from FFXIII and playing this.  Great time so far but I am still in Okinawa. I just played golf (much harder than Hot Shots!)  It is a very fun game. 

2796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 06, 2010, 06:25:43 PM

Quote from: jersoc on April 06, 2010, 06:13:34 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 06, 2010, 04:45:43 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 06, 2010, 04:37:30 PM

I have put it down for a few days after hitting chapter 11.  It feels so open that I am perhaps a bit overwhelmed but at the same time it is so empty that I am kind of bored.  It is just about going from fight to fight, to fight, to fight, etc.  I don't feel like the characters are growing of the story.  The fights are fun while I am doing them but afterwards I just feel like I didn't really do anything

 Square has a thing or two to learn from Bioware in that department. 

no. no they do not.

Yes, yes they do.  (this seems kind of pointless...I don't think opinions will really change)

I found the story and characters much more interesting in ME2.  It was fun to follow the politician to try to find the assassin, it was cool to help the Salarian check the Genophage.  There has been nothing like that in FF13. 

2797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 06, 2010, 05:46:58 PM
I would have to agree with going for Crystalium (or whatever it is called) points rather than upgrading equipment.  I didn't upgrade squat until Chapter 11 and did fine.  It was upgrading skills, getting more HP, more STR, more MAG which really helps. 
2798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: April 06, 2010, 04:37:30 PM
I have put it down for a few days after hitting chapter 11.  It feels so open that I am perhaps a bit overwhelmed but at the same time it is so empty that I am kind of bored.  It is just about going from fight to fight, to fight, to fight, etc.  I don't feel like the characters are growing of the story.  The fights are fun while I am doing them but afterwards I just feel like I didn't really do anything
2799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iPad game thread on: April 05, 2010, 05:52:07 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 05, 2010, 04:54:17 PM

Quote from: Misguided on April 05, 2010, 04:05:21 PM

No, I mean if you want to play thew iphone version on an ipad. Can you authorize an app you've purchased for another or different device w/o buying it again?

The DRM works such that an app can be placed on 5 devices  It is tied to your account, not the device.  To be 100% sure, though, I downloaded an app I bought on the iPhone to the iPad and did not have to pay.

Great! 

2800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the Apple iPad/ iSlate / iThingie? on: April 05, 2010, 03:27:34 PM
I did it.  I wasn't going to but my wife said we could use some of our tax refund for it and well that was really all it took.  I know all the reasons against it.  I know they will have a "refresh" in a few months and maybe a price drop, I know it can't run this or that, I know I am under Apple's thumb but I also know I love my iPhone more than almost any technology I have ever bought (it is tieing with TiVo and my PS2) so I expect that I will love this think.

The first time I can just walk out to the deck and watch a streaming movie from Netflix under the stars it will be worth it.

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